And so she does.
Back at Ed's -- oh, fine. Cut to the tattoo parlor. Bactine is sprayed on Scully's bare back. She inhales sharply. They shave her back. Scully shoots Ed a very flirtatious look. He smiles at her. Milty peels the ink thingie -- you know, the stencil-like thing they use so they're not all free-handing it -- off her back, showing the design. It's the snake she was looking at earlier. Weird, porn-y Hey, Tattoos Are HOT music plays in the background. Cut to close shots of the needle, the ink, the breaking of skin. "She wants the same red, like mine," Ed says. Scully gasps as Milty gets going with the needle. She is so having cheer sex with Ed. They both look a little hot and bothered. Okay, a whole lot hot and bothered. Tattooing. Tattooing. Could this be more of a sex metaphor? With all the (subdued, thank God) orgasm faces from Scully and the breaking of the skin with a phallic object (the needle) and the snake which is itself also a phallic object (not to mention the fact that it's a phallic object which has been transformed into a -- shit, I can't remember what the lady version of phallic is. Vaginocentric? ["Yonic." -- Wing Chun] Whatever. It's circular. And in making itself circular (i.e. female), the snake has to destroy itself (by eating itself), which of course ties into this theme that pops up in horror films all the time, which is that that which is "female" is to be feared, because it will devour you, either literally or metaphorically, and that's totally all represented in the very image of the snake! Also, of course, in Ed's tattoo -- Jodie (a vengeful woman) is destroying Ed, much as his wife (another vengeful woman) destroyed him when she divorced him. All that being said, however, I'm sure Chris Carter and company designed Scully's snake tattoo -- and don't get me started on the symbolism of giving Scully a tattoo that represents a man-eating vagina, because I could go on for days about 1013's Issues With Women. Also, don't look at me that way. We talked about the Man-Eating Vagina in my History of the Horror Film class for, like, weeks. Oh, shut up. Also, Man-Eating Vagina is the name of my new band. Wow, this is really a long parenthetical comment -- because they thought it looked neat. (And yes, I know that the tattoo is that symbol thingie from Millennium, which I guess premiered or something the week this episode aired originally, and so it's a little 1013 shout-out, but I find their in-jokes annoying and so I'm just pretending I don't know about that, okay?)) And now I have no idea where I was. What's my name? Anyway, Ed peeks at the process, then back at Scully. He smiles. Unlike everyone I've watched get a tattoo, she doesn't look like she's in too much pain. She actually seems like she's enjoying it. And when I say, "enjoying it," I mean "enjoying it." Milty wipes blood away from Scully's back. All done!